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Friday, January 6, 2017

Mescalero Apache Woman Sentenced for Federal Assault Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE – Corinne Delphine Kinzhuma, 31, an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Nation who resides in Mescalero, N.M., was sentenced this morning in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for her conviction on federal assault charges.


Kinzhuma was arrested on Feb. 26, 2015, on a criminal complaint charging her with assaulting a Mescalero Apache man on Dec. 12, 2014, by stabbing him repeatedly in neck, chest, arm and cheek. The assault occurred on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation in Otero County, N.M. As a result of the assault, the victim required a chest tube and admission to the surgical intensive care unit for continuous monitoring of his neck wound; he also suffered a fracture of the left radius.


Kinzhuma was subsequently indicted on June 17, 2015, and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, a knife, with intent to do bodily harm and assault resulting in serious bodily injury on Dec. 12, 2014, in Indian Country in Otero County. On March 9, 2016, Kinzhuma entered a guilty plea to the indictment without the benefit of a plea agreement.


This case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the FBI and the Mescalero Agency of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron O. Jordan of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Updated January 6, 2017